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Melbourne Beach ~ Indialantic ~ Indian Harbour Beach ~ Satellite Beach

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Town of Melbourne Beach, Town of Indialantic, City of Indian Harbour Beach, and the City of Satellite Beach have partnered together in an effort to provide our local community with easier access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Beachside Fire Chiefs, with assistance from the Florida Department of Health and Brevard County Emergency Management have established a drive-through Beachside Vaccination Site in Satellite Beach to help complete this mission.

The Paramedics & EMTs at the Vaccination Site are provided by the Satellite Beach, Indialantic, and Melbourne Beach fire departments, who all operate under the medical direction of Dr. John McPherson.  Additional staff for the site is provided by the partnering municipalities.

  • As of April 5th 2021, by executive order, the Governor of the State of Florida has opened up access to all Florida residents that meets the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for vaccination.


With guidance from the State of Florida, CDC, FDA, and the Florida Department of Health, the Space Coast EMS Medical Director has established the following criteria for administration of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Beachside Vaccination Site.

  • Individuals getting vaccinated must:
    • Be a Florida Resident (and be able to prove residency).
    • Be at least 18 years of age (and be able to prove age).
    • Not have been infected with  COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
    • Not have received any other vaccinations within the last 14 days.
    • Not carry an epi-pen for treatment of anaphylaxis.
    • Not have had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the Moderna vaccine.
    • Not have received a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine.


This eligibility list is valid for the Beachside Vaccination Site only, and individuals that don’t meet the above criteria may be eligible to be vaccinated at a different location.

After careful consideration of potential locations, the Beachside Fire Chiefs have selected and established a drive-through Beachside Vaccination Site located in the parking lot of  the David R Schechter Community Center in Satellite Beach.

  • Site Address: 1089 South Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, FL 32937
    • Enter the site from the North entrance on South Patrick


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The entire process usually takes approx. 20-30 minutes to complete from the time of your arrival.  This includes your check-in, a screening with a site EMT or Paramedic,  the vaccination itself (provided by a site EMT or Paramedic), and a mandatory 15 minute observation period after the vaccination. 

  • NOTE:  If you experience any reaction to the vaccination, or if you are determined to have any additional risk factors during the screening process, you may be required to wait an additional 15 minutes during the post-vaccination observation period.   
  • Currently we are administering the MODERNA vaccine.
    • This vaccine is recommended by the CDC for people aged 18 years and older.
    • This is a 2 part vaccine that requires the patient to come back approx. 28 days later to receive the second dose.
    • Based on evidence from clinical trials, this vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected.

Common side effects of the MODERNA vaccine include:

  • In the arm where you get the vaccine
    • Pain
    • Redness
    • Swelling
  • Throughout the rest of the body
    • Tiredness
    • Headache
    • Muscle Pain
    • Chills
    • Fever
    • Nausea


These side effects usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine. Side effects might affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

  • Vaccines are strictly by appointment only.
    • There is no possibility of you getting a vaccine if you show up without an appointment.
  • The Beachside Vaccination Site is currently administering 300 government funded vaccinations to the community per week. 
  • Due to the overwhelming demand, it is very possible that there wont be any appointments available for the day you would prefer.  You will need to select a different appointment date or wait for more appointment dates to become available.
    • New appointment dates are typically released on Fridays at 5pm.
  1. You can assist the individual with scheduling their appointment.
  2. The individual can call (321)773-4405 and then press 5 to request to register over the phone.
  • The CDC has developed “V-Safe”, a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Through V-Safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information.


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